Forming Formed: 2006 Established: 2007
This page last updated:5/10/2013
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Blueberry is an urban farming collective house within an organic cohousing community in Portland, Oregon. Four sets of friends bought houses on the same block, three in a row and one across the street. We love the unintentional community of our neighborhood, friendly, diverse, and mostly low-income, with small houses on large lots and a “country” feel. We have work parties, neighborhood potlucks, and parties for the larger community.
Most of us have lived rurally before and maintain as much of the rural life as we can, but an urban life allows us to be less car-dependent, and some of us are completely car-free.
We share passion for our land, our neighborhood, social justice, and sustainability. All of us grow enough vegetables to eat well and still give some away. At Blueberry we heat with wood, generate almost no trash or recycling, eat primarily local, organic whole foods, have no TV, and commute by bicycle. All of us have jobs and lives “off the farm”—we are musicians, teachers, bike mechanics, activists, etc. We range in age from four to 50. A few of us embrace spirit and ritual, others choose not to. We value tolerance, diversity, and listening.
Each household has its own internal structure. Blueberry has set a clear intention to transition to cooperative ownership within the next few years.
As we are an urban community, we are not able to house dogs - they tend to dig up garden beds and scare the ducks. Guide dogs will be considered.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:5/10/2013
(housing limited - local residents welcome!)
Visitor Process: Send letter describing yourself and your interests. No dogs, please, excepting seeing-eye and similar guide animals.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Because our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(best if already live in/near Portland)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(gardening, home maintenance, chores)
(We all pay rent - $300 - 500 dep. on room.)
Land and Buildings
0.8 acres (0.3 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(organic, local, non-processed)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(and several atheists)
(all buildings preexisting)
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